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Scott Brown Is Proof All Politics Is Now National

Scott Brown campaigning in New Hampsher since he lost last time in Massachsetts

There is no better sign that our federal politics are becoming dominated by strong coherent parties than the unusual career of Republicans Scott Brown. He was elected senator in Massachusetts during a special election but lost in the next general. After looking around for other offices to run for in the state, he decided to move to New Hampshire and started his run for Senate there immediately.

If voters are most concerned about finding aggressive advocates for local concerns, Scott Brown would be a lousy choice over incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. He has barely lived in New Hampshire. He doesn’t have a long history as part of the local political or business scene. There is no way he could have developed that deep base of knowledge and connections to instinctively know how small legislative changes will impact the communities.

On the other hand, if what voters really care about is which political party controls the government to push for broad ideological goals, Scott Brown is a great choice. He knows how the Senate works. His seniority will transfer over if he is elected. He has proven he could be a reliably team player and can work well with Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell implementing Republican tactics.

The recent polling from New Hampshire shows it is the latter which is dominating the race. Multiple new polls show Brown trailing incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen by roughly two points. That is exactly where you would expect the race to stand if they only important factor for most voters was political party. New Hampshire is a swing state the leans blue, but this is a bad election climate for Democrats. President Obama won New Hampshire with 52 percent the vote in 2012, but since then his job approval rating in the state has dropped significantly.

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Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at